The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns
Praeger Publishers, 2006 - 267 Seiten
The poetry produced by the British poets of the 17th and 18th centuries is considered to be among the best ever written. But many general readers feel intimidated by the language or structure of the poetry, and so tend to shy away from enjoying these poets and their works. Nelson takes readers on a tour of the major works and figures of 17th- and 18th-century British poetry, explaining major themes, devices, styles, language, rhythm, sound, tone, imagery, form, and meaning. Beginning each chapter with a sketch of the poet's life and career, the author then looks at five or six representative works, helping readers understand and appreciate the beauty of poetry itself.
From Donne and Jonson, to Pope, Swift, and Burns, the book offers excerpts of the poetry these artists crafted, and carefully examines the various attributes that have helped to establish them as some of the greatest of all time. Writing in clear, accessible language, Nelson also introduces general poetry terms to the novice, providing examples and explanations where necessary. Readers will no longer feel intimidated by difficult poetry. Instead, they will walk away with the tools they need to read, understand, and appreciate these titans of British letters.
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(17-24) Shakespeare stands alone in English poetry, Jonson proclaims, and on a
par with the great classical dramatists like Aeschylus and Sophocles. This was,
for Jonson, the highest honor he could extend to an English writer. The classical
... lines seems more aggrieved by being forced to write a poem before he was
ready than by King ' s death . Milton ' s classical culture is evident in the
references to the laurel leaves that were traditionally associated with Apollo , god
of poetry ...
Milton assumes a modest knowledge of Christian history on the part of the reader
as well as some knowledge of classical epics , which I will discuss at certain
points to help elucidate what is going on . A good example is the first verse ...
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